The Tent, the Bucket and Me

The Tent the Bucket and Me Emma Kennedy s hilarious memoir of wet and windy family trips NOW ADAPTED FOR THE MAJOR BBC ONE SERIES THE KENNEDYS For the s child summer holidays didn t mean the joy of CentreParcs or the sophis

  • Title: The Tent, the Bucket and Me
  • Author: Emma Kennedy
  • ISBN: 9780091926793
  • Page: 343
  • Format: Paperback
  • Emma Kennedy s hilarious memoir of wet and windy family trips, NOW ADAPTED FOR THE MAJOR BBC ONE SERIES THE KENNEDYS For the 70s child, summer holidays didn t mean the joy of CentreParcs or the sophistication of a Tuscan villa They meant being crammed into a car with Grandma and heading to the coast With just a tent for a home and a bucket for the necessities, we wouldEmma Kennedy s hilarious memoir of wet and windy family trips, NOW ADAPTED FOR THE MAJOR BBC ONE SERIES THE KENNEDYS For the 70s child, summer holidays didn t mean the joy of CentreParcs or the sophistication of a Tuscan villa They meant being crammed into a car with Grandma and heading to the coast With just a tent for a home and a bucket for the necessities, we would set off on new adventures each year stoically resolving to enjoy ourselves.For Emma Kennedy, and her mum and dad, disaster always came along for the ride no matter where they went Whether it was being swept away by a force ten gale on the Welsh coast or suffering copious amounts of food poisoning on a brave trip to the south of France, family holidays always left them battered and bruised.But they never gave up Emma s memoir, The Tent, The Bucket and Me, is a painfully funny reminder of just what it was like to spend your summer holidays cold, damp but with sand between your toes.

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    1. I laughed until I could not breathe I would have died laughing except that I wanted to finish the book.

    2. I loved every minute of this book, it eked out the last drops of Summer for me I realise I m in denial there There were many times reading this book, where I irritated my husband by actually guffawing It isn t some piece of great literature, but it is marvellous.

    3. A couple of years ago, I went to the launch of Emma Kennedy s first book How To Bring Up Your Parents I had a great time and got drunk with the stars of stage and screen Emma was absolutely lovely and the book was very funny.However last year I received an advance copy of her second book, The Tent, The Bucket and Me an extremely funny book following Emma s family camping holidays in the 1970s.It s rare that I laugh out loud whilst reading but the first family holiday had me in stitches I m aston [...]

    4. Possibly the funniest book I have ever read

    5. Lots of mirror experiences here, read by the engaging author.

    6. Listened to in audio format.This is an hilarious book written by Emma Kennedy about her and her parents calamitous camping holidays in the UK and France This book reminded me of family holidays where everything that could go wrong did They are terrible at the time but funny when you are safely home The book is about her camping holidays from between the ages of 4 and 13 years old A lot of the stories involve poor young Emma falling into toilets or being covered in poo or vomit I loved her parent [...]

    7. The Tent, the Bucket and Me I don t usually contemplate this writing my book review so early as I ve only managed to read the first three chapters Seriously this book should come with a Health Warning Do not attempt to wear mascara or any eye makeup whilst reading this story and ensure that you have ready to hand a constant supply of clean hankies you will need these I promise oh and should you suffer from a weak bladder sorry to bring this up I would strongly recommend you consider wearing inco [...]

    8. Enough material for a pretty good twenty minute standup slot, padded out to a quite ludicrous length I d managed to procure myself an ex library Large Print edition which managed to stretch the ordeal out to almost 500pp of agony.Essentially the young Emma Kennedy goes on holiday with her parents each year in the 1970s, and it s always a disaster But not usually an actual interesting disaster, oh no generally it ll be something like it rained heavily all night or we ate some dodgy seafood or Dad [...]

    9. You know how it s often claimed that books are laugh out loud and then when you come to read them they re nothing of the sort, not even a snigger This book actually did make me laugh out loud And I was on the train at the time And I got some very odd looks But anyway, if these stories are true then they must have been just about the unluckiest family to ever go on holiday anywhere I ve never been camping but as a kid I was forced to spend many summer holidays stuck in a tiny caravan with my fami [...]

    10. Books that make me cry are rare, but books that make me laugh out loud are a true rarity This was one of the few in the second category and I still laugh thinking of the black trash bag situation.Here is a view on UK s life in the seventies, how the fact that they joined the EU allowed British citizens to broaden their horizons in terms of holidays, and how much much difficult it was to travel in the pre Internet time Add to that the adventures of a really unlucky family Definitely recommended [...]

    11. Loved this book so funny and I could actually visualise the predicaments the narrator found herself in Camping holidays will never be the same again.

    12. A very funny book which I decided to read because I loathe camping, and this book re inforced the reasons why I do I especially liked the trips to France and the encounter with a 1970 s French public toilet, and the subsequent disaster Ma fille, est covered in merde Pick up this book if you want to laugh out loud

    13. I laughed until I cried repeatedly I couldn t read this on the commuter train because I so often burst into hysterical laughter You definitely should read it to yourself with a British accent

    14. Really enjoyed this I m the same age as the author, so the pop culture references from the 70 s were particularly resonant At times I wasn t quite sure if to laugh or cringe Poor Emma I m so grateful my parents graduated to caravan holidays while I was still quite young

    15. I really enjoyed this one It follows a catalogue of disastrous holidays mainly camping that she endured during the 70 s with her family My daughter has her eye on this book think she s trying to find some excuses to not go camping

    16. Book Club book The parents were so likeable and the details of the French campsites and Isle Of Wight trips were so vivid and charming that I really wished each holiday didn t end with someone being sick in a bucket or having explosive diarrhoea Ah well.

    17. The reviews on the cover said it was funny and I needed cheering up so I gave it a go I laughed so hard my stomach hurt so it did the job Makes my childhood camping trips look like stays on five star resorts

    18. This book was so much fun to read I actually laughed out loud and cried all at the same time Hilarious from the start A perfect summer vacation trip read especially if you go camping A good one to also read out loud to others as each chapter is sort of a mini short story Loved it

    19. Hilarious memoirs of Emma s disastrous camping trips with her parents back in the 1970 s Makes you laugh out loud, thoroughly recommended for anyone not just a camping enthusiast

    20. Very funny I think that the author describes her experiences in such a way that you can imagine being on holiday with her Brilliant

    21. A very funny account from a girls perspective of her family s annual camping trips A quick read that makes you laugh The parents and the girl are likable without being too good to be true.

    22. A fun, enjoyable book, with relentless tales of bodily excretions Hard to believe that all those things could happen to one family.

    23. Could not put it down,this book just sent me into hysterics


    24. Subtitled My Family s Disastrous Attempts to go Campaign in the 70s , Emma Kennedy s memoir of her family holidays in the 1970s is as hilarious as it is nostalgic.The 70s were a decade of social and economic change It was the decade that gave us disco, punk, strikes and Margaret Thatcher It also opened up the world with package holidays becoming affordable But for the Kennedy s holidays were under canvass and thoughts of flights to the sun drenched Spanish beaches were definitely off the agenda [...]

    25. The first 3 chapters were good, funny if a little too much with the excrement, vomit, you name it all things humanly horrible.But then it just petered out, or it was like the definition of insanity, doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.So I demoted this book to the bathroom and it took me months to finish, but if any book belongs in the bathroom it is this one.Also what s with the bucket That must be a British thing bc I ve been camping in the 70 s, 80 s etc and at [...]

    26. I thoroughly enjoyed Emma Kennedy s book about travelling America as a teenager, so when I spotted this on the Scouts second hand book stall at a charity event a few weeks ago, I thought I would give it a go.This took me a little while to get into and I admit the first few chapters didn t really match my expectations compared to her other book However, once Emma s family started venturing abroad for their annual vacation the incidents become a lot bizarre and I was laughing out load towards the [...]

    27. This was a good book, it was funny in places, a couple where I did actually laugh out loud getting a few odd looks from passers by It was an enjoyable read gladly a lot of things now have changed for the better for camping, especially the amenities toilets and shower rooms are now the norm for mot up to date camping sites So a bucket being used now would seem very strange I m very happy to say that I would not have survived the weeks holidays this family had in their tent, I would have been as s [...]

    28. Don t ever go on holiday with Emma Kennedy, she must be the unluckiest holiday maker in Britain This book is full of her hilarious disasters and is laugh out loud funny Having read this book, I downloaded it on audible as it was on offer Emma Kennedy s delivery makes this book even better in audio Brilliant book if you need cheering up or just enjoy a good laugh.

    29. This book had me laughing out loud many many times and was a joy to read sorry to say at the misfortune of Emma and her family This book details Emma s family holiday as a child and the writing was so descriptive I was reliving every moment with them, which wasn t always a good thing A must read if you want cheering up.

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